Lockheed Delivers Gunnery Test Range System to Army; Jim Weitzel Comments

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Lockheed Martin has delivered a digital range training system to the U.S. Army for armored vehicle crews to carry out live fire gunnery tests under a $13.8 million contract.

The company said a second range is scheduled for delivery to a Hawaii-based training facility in early 2013 and it also has started developing the third range for delivery to Fort Bliss, Texas in late 2013.

Bradley, Abrams and Stryker crews use the Digital Range Training System for individual and crew tests and collective training at the platoon level.

“The quality of feedback a soldier and platoon receive about their decisions can make the difference for survivability and mission success in the field,” said Jim Weitzel, vice president of training solutions for the global training and logistics business. “The Digital Range Training System is designed to capture imagery and audio inside and outside vehicles from multiple angles, providing commanders and soldiers with actionable data.”

In 2011, the company won the five-year DRTS program to update training ranges with digital instrumentation, including cameras, targetry systems with audiovisual effects, scenario development technology and range control centers.

The company designed the system to integrate live fire with threat, neutral and friendly simulations.

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